By James Brown
Bookies Favourites to Win Champions League
The Champions League always throws up a few surprises and provides a great opportunity to take advantage of some tantalising odds for anyone who enjoys sports betting. This year looks to be no different. Here, we take a look at some of the bookmakers’ favourites, as well as some of the outside shots that might just earn you some serious returns.
Most bookies have Real Madrid as favourites for this year’s title. After all, they completed the double last year, and they have lifted the Champions League trophy twice in the last three years. However, with weaknesses showing in both attack and defence, they are by no means a foregone conclusion, and the 9/2 odds look about right.
Most bookmakers have a cigarette paper between Real and PSG, and are offering similar odds. With their spending frenzy in the transfer window this year, they certainly have the tools for the job, and their 3-0 demolition of Bayern in the qualifier on 27 September suggests they are up for the challenge.
Right now, there is no stopping Pep Guardiola’s boys in the Premiership, and they are already odds-on favourites to lift that particular crown. Can they also romp to victory in the Champions League? Bookmakers have them at 6/1.
The defeat to PSG sent Bayern into something of a tailspin, but they bounced back with a solid win against Celtic, and are always strong contenders in this competition. Bookmakers currently have them at 8/1, and for many, that will be one of the most tempting wagers out there.
The London team has plenty to prove after a year in exile, and returned to Champions League action with a bang, rolling over Qarabag 6-0 in their opening match, and following it up with a workman like victory over Atletico. But can they go all the way, bookmakers like Betbright are offering good odds.
Last year, they had the pressure on them to become the ninth team to complete the treble. Can they win it this year? They have not had the most confidence inspiring start to the campaign, with defeat to Barcelona in their opening game, but they followed that with two victories and manager Massimiliano Allegri insists they are not in crisis. Bookmakers are offering 19/1.
Last week’s draw against Real Madrid has got Spurs fans into something of a frenzy. They genuinely believe that their team can go on to win the Champion’s League, and will be hurrying to the online betting shops to take advantage of 25/1 odds that certainly look generous. Former player Ian Wright might not think they have a chance, but funny things happen in football.
Remember those tempting little outside shots we were talking about? If Sevilla can beat Spartak Moscow in their next fixture, they will be right back in with a shout at the knockout stages. And this is a team that can pull out Leicester-style upsets in the big matches. Those 50/1 odds look like a very tempting place to put a couple of pounds, just in case.